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Rules to Follow at Panama City Parks

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A recent visit to a Panama City park reportedly almost leads to a confrontation.  Turns out it was over an unwelcome guest to the park.  A look closer at what happened and what you need to know to make your park visit enjoyable in this Problem Solver.

The rules are clear..."No pets allowed" in Panama City parks.  That includes Memorial Park just off of Garden Club Drive.  Sergeant Jeff Becker of the Panama City Police says a concerned citizen sent a letter to the City Parks Department about a recent incident here.  Sgt. Becker says, "it talked about how the dog had defecated in the park and the person just left it there...that is also a municipal ordinance.  You just cant leave your dogs waste behind."

Sergeant Becker also says the letter indicates the concerned citizen told the dog owner about the no pets policy. That reportedly led to threatening words from the dog owner.  So now, police are trying to check information on what happened.  According to Sgt. Becker, "You should read the stuff before you go in the park.  They are municipal ordinances so law enforcement can be writing you notice to appear like a citation. "

Sgt. Becker makes it clear the park violations are not a criminal offense, but if you are caught, you could face a fine."  Police are trying to learn more about the park incident that involved a dog owner.  At the same time, officers want to emphasize that the public understands what is and is not allowed at the city parks.  The rules say, "No pets, skates, skateboards, bicycles or other wheeled vehicles...and no firearms allowed in city parks."  Sgt. Becker does point out that the only approved dog park in the city is the grassy area at the Panama City Marina. 

But, there are approved areas in Bay County you and your pet can enjoy.  The newest dog park is on Everitt Avenue in Springfield.  The other is on Mill Bayou Road not too far off Highway 231.

This leash-free dog park opened last september and has watering stations, park benches and plenty of room for your canine companion.  Both this park and the other one on Mill Bayou Road are great facilities to bring your dog.  Panama City Beach offers its "Dog Beach" next to the City Pier.